Search of high­way turns up politi­cian’s be­long­ings

SundayXtra - - CANADA -

BLACK­FALDS, Alta. — The father of an Al­berta politi­cian who died fol­low­ing a high­way crash last Novem­ber says an RCMP search of the me­dian has turned up his son’s miss­ing watch and eye­glasses.

But Baljin­der Bhullar says some of his son’s other per­sonal ef­fects in­clud­ing his kara — a bracelet worn by Sikhs — is still miss­ing along with his cuff­links and shoes.

Man­meet Bhullar, 35, died Nov. 23, 2015, when he pulled over on High­way 2 be­tween Cal­gary and Ed­mon­ton to help a stranded mo­torist and was struck in a chain-re­ac­tion crash.

A spe­cial tac­ti­cal op­er­a­tions team of the RCMP tem­po­rar­ily shut one lane each of the busy four-lane di­vided high­way near Black­falds Satur­day to search for some of Bhullar’s per­sonal ef­fects that have been miss­ing since his death.

Po­lice say the search was not re­lated to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash that killed the Cal­gary mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture.

Baljin­der Bhullar says he feels blessed that the searchers were able to find some of the miss­ing items.

“Thanks to God, thanks to the RCMP who have spent the time,” Bhullar said Satur­day from Cal­gary.

RCMP spokesper­son Cpl. Sharon Franks couldn’t say whether it was un­usual in Al­berta for po­lice to as­sist in such a search, al­though she said hav­ing of­fi­cers present would help in the safety. She didn’t know what sparked the search four months af­ter the ac­ci­dent, but sug­gested it might be due to the fact the crash oc­curred dur­ing a snow­storm and couldn’t be eas­ily searched at the time.

An RCMP news re­lease says po­lice con­sulted with Al­berta Trans­porta­tion in launch­ing the search.

Franks said the search was con­cluded Satur­day af­ter­noon and an item or items had been lo­cated, but she said she didn’t know what they were.

Bhullar served in three cab­i­net port­fo­lios — Ser­vice Al­berta, Hu­man Ser­vices and In­fra­struc­ture — un­der the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment.

DEAN BEN­NETT / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

Man­meet Bhullar in Jan­uary 2014.

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